Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most adventurous trek you will experience in your life where you will witness the high Himalayas of Nepal, the lap of the world’s summit- Everest Base Camp and cross the Cho-la Pass at altitude of more than 5,000 meters and leave your footprints at the lap of the world’s summit.
The three major combo- Everest Base Camp, which offers you a close view of Mt. Everest, Gokyo Ri with its beautiful Gokyo Valley and the most prominent viewpoint- Kala Patthar makes this trek the best trek of your life.
The trek to Everest Base Camp starts right from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. You will visit important and most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the city, which includes beautiful Hindu and Buddhist sanctuaries and monasteries. Moreover, you will get to witness the whole city that is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO- Bhaktapur, which is filled with royal palaces and temples that ancient kings used.
After that, you will be taking a short flight to Lukla. Lukla Airport is said to be one of the most beautiful yet dangerous airports in the world. Unlike the chaotic scene in Kathmandu, Lukla is quite peaceful with breathtaking Himalayan views.
During this trek, you will not only see the tallest mountain – Mt. Everest, but also get to experience other famous eight thousand peaks like Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Makalu 8,485m and Cho-Oyu 8,201m. Furthermore, you will witness the most amazing valleys and glaciers that have been possible only due to Nepal’s unique landscape.
Similarly, you will go to the major tourist destination of Nepal like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and Dingboche, and so on. Also, you will get to experience the Khumbu's various glorious tourist attractions, experience astonishing mountain valleys, and get amused in the district's dazzling Everest Base Camp Trek. Besides, you get to experience the amazing Sherpa Culture of the Khumbu area.
We feel pleased to be able to give you the best trekking experience to the base of the summit. However, the trek is quite challenging, so you should be physically fit and should be able to walk about six hours per day.
We have created 15 days Everest Base Camp Itinerary for you to get an idea of the activities you will be doing and places you will visit on your trek to Everest Base Camp via Chola Pass and Gokyo
Visit Sherpa museum and Saturday market in Namche Bazar
A panoramic scene from National Park headquarters and Everest View Hotel
Get a glimpse of Yeti head in Khumjung village and learn about Sherpa culture
Visit Tengboche monastery, Sunrise view from Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including fresh fruit in the evening
- Trekking lodge accommodation during the trek
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit & Trekker's Information Management System (Tims) permit
- Flight from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu) with airport transfer
- Wide-ranging medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
- Sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking poles (should be returned after the trip is completed)
- Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap as souvenir, after trek completes, Adventure certificate
- Government taxes and official expenses
- Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate (Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
- Everest base camp Gokyo trekking map
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ persons
- Nepal visa fee (US$- 25 for 15 days and US$- 40 for 30 days)
- Hotel and meal in Kathmandu (Except provided welcome/Farewell dinner and Breakfast)
- Your Travel and medical insurance
- International airfare
- Your personal expenses
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek (i.e., those you choose to buy on the way to the tea houses)
- All desserts, sweets like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding
- Hot shower and battery charging during the trekking
- Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected)
Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding(2610m)
Early in the morning, we board a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight is usually about thirty minutes. At Lukla Airport, you will be introduced to your porter. Then, we will make a short stop for breakfast, after which our trekking will start. The goal of our first day will be to walk to Phakding, which is quite an easy three-hour walk through the Dudhkosi valley. We will move towards the north of the airfield to Chheplung (2700m). From here, we will be crossing the Thado Koshi River via a suspension bridge. Just beyond the bridge, we will get the view of the peak Kusum and Kanguru (6367m), which are one of the most challenging peaks to climb. The trail past Thado Koshi climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m). After that, we will pass over a range marked with colored Mani stones and climb to Phakding, where we will be staying for a night.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
The second starts with the trek over the valley of Dudhkosi River. On our way to Namche will be crossing the Dudhkoshi River about five-time on the thrilling suspension bridges loaded with prayer flags. After the last bridge, the trail which is a bit steep climb up to Namche leads up to Jorsale. With two viewpoints on the way, the climb generally takes about two and a half hours. On a clear day, you will witness the bewitching view of Mt. Everest. Jorsale is the home to Sagarmatha National park, where we will visit and verify our permits. Finally, after the walk of 5 to 6 hours, we will reach the beautiful market town, Namche Bazaar.
Day to acclimatize at Namche
To avoid altitude sickness, it is vital to acclimatize before ascending to the higher altitudes. On this day, we will be going for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and return to Namche through the Everest View Hotel Khumjung. You will also get to witness the head of a Yeti in the monastery of this area. Furthermore, we can enjoy the beautiful view of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and lots of other mountains on a clear day. Even the scene you get from the Everest view hotel is mesmerizing. The climb to Syangboche airstrip (3,790m) takes about one hour from where we will climb slowly up to Khunde. On the way, we will be passing a multitude of beautiful stone Buddhist monuments. From Khunde, we will be going east towards the Khumjung, the biggest village in Khumbu, at the base of the holy peak Khumbila. At Khumjung, we will stop for lunch and then slowly climb to the Everest View Hotel, where we can witness the beautiful view of majestic mountains. Finally, we descend towards Namche(3,540m).
Trek to Tengboche (3,790m)
The goal for day four is to reach Tengboche. The route to Tengboche piles in and out of side gorges, with small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and links the way from Khumjung right before an assortment of Mani stones. From this part of the trek, you will get excellent views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. Then after, we cross the small village of Sanasa from where the path descents in the direction of Phunkithanga (3250m). After Phunkithanga, the path rises sharply through the pine forests and Mani stones, which follows the side of a hill to the lumber on which the monastery of Tengboche stands at an altitude of 3870 meters. The view from this place is considered to be one of the most enchanting views in the world. You will get a beautiful panoramic view of Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega, and Thamserku. The fourth night of trekking will be spent at the beautiful Tengboche village.
Trek to Dingboche (4,350m)
After descending through a gorgeous forest, we will pass the Imja Khola and walk through the village of Pangboche. The trail goes through the summer pastures to Dingboche, where we will stay overnight. The village is very peaceful with mesmerizing mountain views. The walk takes about three to four hours, which can be done with ease.
Day hike to Chhukung valley and return to Dingboche
The trip usually starts around 8:30 after breakfast. The trek up to Chhukung is not very tough, and the path is also quite serene. You will get to experience some beautiful views of the mountains, especially Ama Dablam. Similarly, the view from Chhukung towards the island peak is stunning. On the south-west side, the eastern side of Amadablam gives a unique view of this gorgeous peak. Due to the mesmerizing scenery and the tranquil atmosphere, this short trek has succeeded in being the major highlight of the trek. It is a fast trip back down the valley to Dingboche for the night. While returning to Dingboche, there is a great probability that you will encounter strong winds.
Trek to Lobuche (4,950m)
The day starts with an easy climb to the chortne trail, which lasts about one and a half hours. The trail takes us to Thugla (4,600m) with a tea house where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will climb the steep way for one and a half hours, which will take us close to the mountains like Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse. Then we will move along a broad valley floor to Thugla, past the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche at an altitude of 4240 meters where a western volunteer doctor is stationed who is supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers moving up the valley and gaining altitude. Then we will go down to the yak Pastures at Lobuche and spend a night there. Usually, this trip takes about five and a half hours of walk.
Trek to Everest Base Camp through Gorak shep
On the eighth day of our trekking, we will aim towards Everest Base Camp. In the morning, we will take 2 hours to walk up to Gorak Shep. The hike is nice and easy during the first part, but about one hour later, it starts to get quite challenging. However, you will witness the gorgeous big walls formed by Everest, Nuptse, and various other mountains, which will be worth all the trouble you faced to get there. After the climb of about a hundred and fifty meters, the path gets better again. After that, we get to the moraine and finally to the World’s highest settlement, Gorakh shep. We will stop for lunch at Gorakh shep. Then, we will start hiking towards Everest Base Camp. After the walk of about one and a half hours, we will reach the Everest Base Camp area at an altitude of 5,360 meters. You can meet with other mountain climbers at the base camp and also get a stunning view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall. Moreover, we can get a view of the big crevasses in a climbing way. After staying for a bit at Everest Base Camp and taking a few photographs and conversing with fellow climbers, we will return to Gorak Shep, which might take about six to seven hours.
Climb up to Kala Patthar and then Dzongla
The hike to Kala Patthar generally stars early in the morning amidst of pre-sunrise haziness and cold temperatures. Also, there is constantly the possibility of cold breezes, which are very normal. Natural pinnacles, for example, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse stronghold toward the east even as Everest expose itself. At Kala Patthar, you get a 360-degree view of Mt. Everest. We spend some time enjoying the sunrise on the beautiful Himalayan ranges and then return to Lobuche. From Lobuche, a six hours’ climb will take us to Dzongla, which is the only place where we can spend the night.
Pass over Cho La Pass (5,420m) and walk down to Tagnag (4,600m)
The trek from Dzongla to the Cho- La pass starts from early morning. If the trip is made during the ideal seasons, we can enjoy the walk over the glacier; otherwise, extreme snow makes it very tough to cross the pass. As the night falls, we trek down to Tangnag to stay overnight.
Trek to Gokyo (4800m) and visit the fifth lake back to Gokyo
We will start our trek to Gokyo, which will usually take about four to five hours, where we will be spending the night. We will reach Gokyo just at the time for lunch. Then the rest of the day will be spent sightseeing around Gokyo Valley. Similarly, we will be visiting the glaciers and turquoise lakes of the Gokyo valley while watching the stunning views of the majestic Himalayan like Everest, Cho- Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and many others.
Hike up to Gokyo Ri then trek to Dole(4200m)
The trek to Gokyo- Ri is quite an accomplishment. The spellbinding view of the Gokyo Valley, the Ngozumpa glacier, and a panoramic view of the Khumbu Himalayan giants make every step of the steep climbs worth it. After spending some time at Gokyo-Ri, we start to descend to Dole, where we will be staying overnight.
Trek to Namche Bazaar
We will be trekking back to Namche Bazaar. The trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar takes about 6 hours. During the day, we pass over the Khumjung village while walking on the base of Mount Amadablam. We will rest at Namche Bazaar and spend the night there.
Trek Down to Lukla
Firstly, we will be hiking down the Namche towards Phakding, which takes about five to six hours. After we reach Phakding, we will slowly move towards Lukla, where we will reach by evening. And we will spend the night in a hotel or a Sherpa village of Lukla.
Fly back to Kathmandu
The flight to Kathmandu from Lukla takes off early in the morning. After we reach Kathmandu, we will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. It is up to you to rest or explore Kathmandu valley.